Gwen and Jeff Young plant thousands of trees to create 9-hectare haven for birds on their Port MacDonnell farm

Long before Jeff Young met his wife Gwen, birds were targets for his slug gun.

Sparrows were "spoggies", red-browed finches were "beetroot eaters" — at least that is what his Dad told him on their Port MacDonnell farm in South Australia's south-east.

Since meeting Gwen in 1996, the farm has become a haven for 122 species of birds many of which Mr Young can now call by their real names.

In 20 years they have planted thousands of trees and covered 9 of their 72 acres with native corridors, changing their landscape — and their relationship — forever.

Read the full story on the ABC Soth East SA website.

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